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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Texas Rangers sign Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez

The Rangers have agreed to terms with 22-year-old Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez, who was ranked as high as the No. 8 prospect in Cuba by Baseball America last year.

t fall and was granted free agency in February. Because of age and experience, Ibanez was subject to the rules of international bonus pools, which severely limited his negotiating ability.

Few teams had any money left in their 2014-15 budgets when he was made a free agent. The Rangers had a $4.6 million budget entering this ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andy ibanez, cuban free agents, rangers

Ruben Amaro Jr. says Chase Utley shouldn’t start once he returns

After hitting just .179/.257/.275 in 249 at-bats, Utley was sent to the disabled list with a right ankle injury. When he returns, he may find that his run with the Phillies has come to an end.

Is Utley still team’s everyday 2B upon return? “Not for me he’s not,” Amaro said. “Cesar Hernandez is our best second baseman.”

Those are pretty strong words from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

Hernandez has performed well over the first few months of the season, hitting .302/.385/.385 over 207 plate ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: cesar hernandez, chase utley, phillies, ruben amaro

Alex Rodriguez deserves to be an All-Star, but ...

If A-Rod was at least part of the Final Vote, you could see a real horse race.

A week ago, I had a conversation with Robinson Cano about the All-Star Game. He told me that he believed A-Rod should be lauded by Major League Baseball and the crowd in Cincinnati for his career achievements — similar to Mariano Rivera in 2013 and Derek Jeter last year. That’s unrealistic, of course, because A-Rod is not beloved like Rivera and Jeter (for a variety of reasons). But A-Rod is respected by many of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, all-star game, peds, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-8-2015

Washington Evening Star, July 8, 1915:

Joe Jackson, the Cleveland club’s star ball player, will not be in the game against the Tigers today, having been the victim of an automobile accident yesterday afternoon. Accompanied by his wife, Jackson was driving east of the city. Thinking something was wrong with the engine, Jackson got on the running board and lifted the hood, while Mrs. Jackson took the wheel and kept the car in motion.

While Jackson still was engaged in his investigation a wagon ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 08, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, joe jackson

Midseason Top 50 Prospects - BaseballAmerica.com

Corey Seager is number one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 07:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Video: Must C: J. Upton robs a home run | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 07:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, justin upton, padres, pirates

Goold: What was so foul about ump’s fair call : Sports

From the replay I saw (and I couldn’t find one on MLB.com), the ball looked like it went over the bag. Nevertheless, Gould makes some good points about replay, which I’ve criticized many times. Maybe it would be a good idea to get rid of challenges and just put replay in the hands of an extra umpire.

Before we get to the rule, here’s the situation: With two runners already on base and the Cardinals leading by a run, Seth Maness delivers a pitch that Cubs rookie Addison Russell reaches out just ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, instant replay

Touki Toussaint hits 98 mph in start with Rome Braves

Maybe Stewart should get his organization’s radar guns checked.

General manager Dave Stewart defended the trade by downplaying Toussaint’s reported velocity of 96 mph, saying that the prospect had an inflated perception.

“To this point, he has pitched OK, he has pitched well,” Stewart told Fox Sports. “But guys are mentioning that he throws 96 mph. He hasn’t thrown 96 mph since he’s been here. We haven’t seen 96 once.”

But what about 98 mph?

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, that 96 mph ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Minor role changes on staff won’t alter much | angels.com

Who is in charge of throwing all the organization’s computers into the dumpster and moving all the nerds back into their moms’ basements?

Rico Brogna, previously labeled a “player information coach,” used to be the liaison between the front office and coaching staff when it came to scouting information. Now Brogna is helping out in the pro-scouting department and is no longer traveling with the team.

Scioscia said pitching coach Mike Butcher will handle the reports on the pitching side, with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

7-8-15 OMNICHATTER

The Paulo Orlando Grand Slam Walk-Off OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 08, 2015 at 12:01 AM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Reds are holding up trade traffic, according to Jon Morosi

THIS TIME IT COUNTS

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, Walt Jocketty is hauling the obnoxiously slow boat that’s clogging up the left lane of the baseball world.

If that’s tangibly true, it confirms at least one of the two nonsensical dogmas Reds fans have heard whispers about for months, with the off chance that both head-scratching theories are true.  If there’s a hard deadline that’s been put in place for all potential deals and said deadline comes after the city of Cincinnati gets to ...

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WATCH: Buster Posey ‘sorta’ handles other kinds of deliveries

There’s no doubt that Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants is a top hitter and a skilled catcher, ready and eager to handle the delivery of most any teammate except possibly for Tim Lincecum.

But is he ready to handle the delivery of a baby?

That’s the question this TV commercial for Esurance asks. He’s “sorta” the woman’s doctor. They both wear gloves. And they always deliver in the clutch. Right?


Cardinals rookies in full uniform buy coffee at Starbucks next to Wrigley Field - SBNation.com

Maybe they should have gotten some espresso shots today.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 04:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

That A-Rod Ball Was Worth Far More Than Initially Thought - Hall of Very Good

I suspect someone’s jock collection just got bigger.

“The Yankees have given me all the things they initially offered, such as meeting A-Rod, doing a press conference at Yankee Stadium, being interviewed live during the game on TV and the radio, and receiving signed memorabilia and free tickets, including tickets to this year’s Home Run Derby and All-Star Game in Cincinnati.” Hample told The Hall exclusively. “I will also have opportunities to write for Yankees Magazine, get a special ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 04:02 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, collectables, yankees

Scout Hiring and Pay Practices Challenged in New Lawsuit

Who would ever believe teams would collude to suppress pay?

In a new class action lawsuit filed last week in New York federal court, former Kansas City Royals scout Jordan Wyckoff contends that MLB teams have unlawfully agreed not to compete with one another for the services of their amateur and professional scouts. As a result, the suit – Wyckoff v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball – asserts that a number of MLB scouts currently make less than the minimum wage and are not paid ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 03:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: labor, lawsuit, legal, scouting

Robinson Cano’s trying year: Lingering illness, grandfather’s death test him

I see an endorsement for Prilosec in his future.

In a Spanish-language conversation with USA Today Sports, Cano provided some previously undisclosed details about a stomach ailment that has sapped his energy. He also spoke of the impact of losing his paternal grandfather, Ovidio, who died of lung cancer in March, calling him, “like a second father to me.’‘

Cano, 32, said he was especially reluctant to talk about the stomach problem because it might be perceived as making excuses for his poor ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 12:16 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano

Justin Turner cites philosophical differences for Mets departure

Former Mets utilityman and current Dodgers star Justin Turner cited philosophical differences as a reason why he and the Mets’ front office did not always get along. Turner, who played for the Mets from 2010-2013, says that his approach at the plate clashed with the organizational philosophy promoted by General Manager Sandy Alderson.

“[Alderson] is a ‘Moneyball’ guy,” Turner said to ESPN Los Angeles. “I don’t know if ‘Looking to walk’ is the right way of saying it, but he talks about on-base ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, justin turner, mets, moneyball, sandy alderson

Angels tried convincing Red Sox to help them trade for Josh Reddick

“C’mon, just helps us. All the cool kids are doing it.”

e Angels could use another bat, as Matt Joyce hasn’t worked out in their outfield and C.J. Cron isn’t getting it done as the designated hitter. According to MLB’s Alden Gonzalez, they wanted to pry Josh Reddick from their division rivals, the Athletics, but didn’t have the resources to do so. Gonzalez reported that the Angels’ (and then-GM Jerry Dipoto’s) solution was to get the Red Sox involved in a three-way trade to make it happen, but ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, jerry dipoto, josh reddick, red sox, trade rumors

SmartSports founder Corrine Vitolo on her sports technology SmartKage and having an idea ahead of its time - Bizwomen

Has anyone seen the SmartKage?

“Suddenly 10 years later, everyone says it is a great idea,” Vitolo, CEO of Tyngsborough, Mass.-based SmartSports told Bizwomen. “It is hard to have to wait for the market to catch up with what you know. That being said, it has been a fantastic opportunity to focus on innovation, and it forces you to find the best minds — the innovative and inventive people — because you are building something that doesn’t exist.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Perhaps the Phillies just got bad and have stayed bad

It’s not easy. It’s not supposed to be easy. The Phillies stink. Although it’s a handy excuse to explain their current predicament, other teams and GMs have proven it’s possible to be successful over a longer period than the Phillies timeline.

The criticism of this franchise I think has been that maybe they tried to keep the party going too long,” the Phillies president-in-waiting said in an interview with the MLB Network.

MacPhail opined that “this game is designed to punish the successful” by ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-7-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 7, 1915:

Jack Coombs, the veteran pitcher, fainted in the pitcher’s box as he was winding up to hurl the ball to a Boston batsman in the fourth inning of the first game between Brooklyn and the Braves. Coombs fell to the ground, and had to be carried off the field.

An examination at the clubhouse disclosed the fact that the veteran twirler had strained a tendon in his left leg. He soon recovered from the attack, but it was thought it would be a week or ten days before he ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 07, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jack coombs

Fraley: Nearly two years out of baseball, Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar facing tough road to recovery | Dallas Morning News

It doesn’t sound like his return is a sure thing.

Profar, who was not available for comment, is going through daily rehabilitation sessions at the Arlington clinic of team physician Dr. Keith Meister. He undergoes an MRI test about every four weeks and advances if the result is good. Daniels said the club is looking for ways to keep Profar engaged and avoid discouragement about his situation.

“Ultimately, it is extremely tough on these guys when they’re away,” Daniels said. “You try to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Notes: Rangers will need to get creative to move Choo | FOX Sports

I don’t think he’s representing Kenny’s beliefs but maybe I’m not reading Kenny right. Intangibles are real. They are just really difficult, if not impossible, to quantify.

Some sabermetricians — I’m talking to you, Brian Kenny — dismiss the significance of intangibles, contending they are impossible to quantify and insignificant to winning.

Well, I wish Kenny could have heard Mets manager Terry Collins talk about the lift that David Wright gave his teammates upon meeting them at Dodger ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, marlin byrd, mets, notes, rangers

Final Vote underway for last AL, NL spots | MLB.com

You can vote online, using a mobile phone, or via Twitter. At least using Twitter shouldn’t produce more spam.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays | MLB.com

He only struck out six but he finished the game with 108 pitches and a win.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Peter Gammons: Manager-GM Collaboration; Trade Deadline Ambiguity - GammonsDaily.com

The older age is improved and empowered by the new age, the new age buoyed by the eyes, ears, experience and human understanding of the traditionalists. Scioscia and DiPoto should have worked. Did each make mistakes? Probably. But while Moreno is running his own businesses, he needed to define the Angels organization and, instead, sometimes making capricious decisions (like Josh Hamilton) and not having a clear, defined structure, created confusion.

This is not about stat freaks and baseball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, trade deadline

Video: Must C: Lester’s first hit | MLB.com

He’s now hitting .015, 1-68

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester

OMNICHATTER 7-7-2015

The Jon Lester Hit-Streak OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 07, 2015 at 12:05 AM | 212 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, July 06, 2015

GIFs, Twitter suspensions, and social media: an open letter to MLB Advanced Media

See, when someone, say, fellow SB Nation “blogger” Grant Brisbee, posts something as innocuous as a Vine of a silly happening during a baseball game—I have no idea what it was as you can see below—the post is targeted for removal because By Jove! One of these Internet Types is stealing our banwebs! Delete the pictures and return the stolen files, although it was probably something that never would have made it onto any of MLB’s social media accounts which are notoriously ill-equipped for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 06, 2015 at 11:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fair use, gifs, legal, mlb advanced media, social media, twitter

Fewer walks and bunts, more shifts among midseason trends - MLB

Walks are down and shifts are up!

New commissioner Rob Manfred took plenty of heat when, in a January interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech, he claimed he was open to the idea of restricting defensive shifts.
Number of shifts, MLBYear No. of shifts
2010 2,464
2011 2,357
2012 4,577
2013 8,180
2014 13,298
2015 18,698 (prorated)

Manfred essentially walked those comments back, and with good reason, considering the use of shifts shows no sign of letting up. According to Baseball Info Solutions, teams ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 10:24 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

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